Sudan parliament calls South an "enemy" (17/04/2012)

(Chicago Tribune/ Reuters) Sudan's parliament branded South Sudan an "enemy" on Monday and called for a swift recapture of a disputed oil-producing region, as rising border tensions pushed the old civil war foes closer to another full-blown conflict. Addressing the Khartoum parliament, speaker Ahmed Ibrahim al-Tahir accused the South's ruling party - the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) - of posing a security threat to the north. "We declare that we will confront the SPLM until we end its rule of the South, and will work to gather our resources to realise this aim," he said. "We are in a battle that does not finish with the recovery of Heglig, but with an end to the danger that comes from South Sudan." The assembly went on to adopt a resolution describing the SPLM government as "an enemy", but it did not spell out the full implications of the decision. South Sudan insists Heglig is rightfully part of the South and says it will not withdraw its troops unless the United Nations deploys a neutral force to monitor a ceasefire. It accused Khartoum on Sunday of reducing the oil facility "to rubble" in an air strike, an accusation denied by Sudan. South Sudan's military spokesman, Philip Aguer, said the its armed forces had brought 14 prisoners of war to Juba on Sunday, the first to arrive in the South's capital since the fighting in Heglig began. In Juba, South Sudan's parliament decided to raise military spending and bolster the army by cutting salaries of all deputies by 10 percent for three months.